SD 67 promises new era of budget transparency, accountability

The Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union says it is optimistic the district’s financial troubles are over and is hopeful for a new era of accountability.

President Kevin Epp said he was pleased school board trustees hired an independent financial consultant to review the 2019-20 amended budget proposal, and supported a recommendation to improve transparency when it comes to the budget.

“I think that that will go a long way to rebuilding all of the relationships that have been sort of shaken up by do we know what’s going on with the books?” he said on Wednesday.

Veteran chartered accountant Joan Axford presented her findings to the SD 67 school board on Monday evening.

Trustees heard the district faced a roughly $1 million budget shortfall.

Axford said the district over spent on salaries and benefits in 2018 and the deficit that carried over to 2019-20 was compounded by lower-than-projected enrolment numbers.

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